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The Harp
The Toucan
The Toucan
The Boogaloo


The Irish pub is a phenomenon around the world. The wholesome blend of traditional, rustic decor, folk music, good-humour and Guinness strikes a chord in many cultures. The itinerant nature of the Irish means you'll often find a bona fide Irishman propping up the bar, and this is no truer than in London. With a large, tight-knit Irish community, London's pubs will be buzzing with the welcoming sound of Gaelic laughter and sloshing pints of Guinness.


The Harp

The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale.

The Harp The Harp Where:
, 47 Chandos Place, London, London London, WC2N 4HS
Category: Pubs

47 Chandos Place, , Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


The Harp, a welcoming bar in Covent Garden, is a traditional pub where the emphasis is firmly on real ale - earning it CAMRA's National Pub of the Year in 2011 - with a great selection of beers served from 10 hand pumps on the bar. The buzzing downstairs bar with its collection of old Victorian portraits and beautiful harp motif coloured glass windows at the front. The only downside of this perfect little place is its popularity and small size which mean it can be heaving in the evening. So seek out the calmer upstairs room with its comfortable chairs if you want to relax and enjoy a more intimate atmosphere. One of the best pubs in London and highly recommended.



Ireland's favourite live music venue hosts London-Irish Celtic punk band Neck.

Filthy's Filthy's Where:
, 276 Holloway Road, London London, N7 6NE
Category: Live Music

276 Holloway Road, London, N7 6NE

Tube: Holloway Road Station


When Filthy McNasty's closed its doors in Clerkenwell many bemoaned its demise but now Ireland's favourite live music venue has dropped the McNasty and opened up in North London as just plain old Filthy's (great name). And on Monday 17th March 2014 London-Irish Celtic punk band Neck will perform two sets for St Patrick's Day in Filthy's, the biggest night in the calendar for this Holloway Road pub. Combining the uplifting swirl and abandon of authentic traditional Irish music with the attitude, social awareness, and electric energy, the band performs their own brand of punk rock. And that's not all, the St Patrick's Day celebrations continue across the weekend with live music on Friday night followed by a DJ playing till 2am, and on Sunday there's Spurs v Arsenal on the big screen followed by traditional Irish music, and home comforts Guiness and Irish stew.


The Toucan

Tiny Irish bar in Soho with a spectacular collection of Irish whiskeys.

The Toucan The Toucan Where:
, 19 Carlisle Street, London London, W1D 3BX
Category: Pubs

19 Carlisle Street, Soho, London, W1D 3BX

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station


This is not so much a restaurant as a tiny atmospheric Irish bar. Having grown out of its minuscule basement into the bar upstairs it's always busy with tentacles of carousers often overflowing into the street, all the way down to Soho Square. As well as the food there is a spectacular collection of Irish whiskeys, sufficient to amaze even the most hardened whisk-o-phile. They also mix a fine list of delicious Guinness-inspired cocktails. Nowadays every pub and his dog is serving Magners cider, but The Toucan is possibly the only place in London selling it on tap. This is certainly not the place to come for a quiet bite to eat, and not for those who have an aversion to small dark spaces. However, it is the place to come if you want to combine drinking, dancing, revelry and a bite to eat.


The Boogaloo

The Boogaloo is run by Irish landlord Gerry O'Boyle of Filthy McNasty's infamy.

The Boogaloo The Boogaloo Where:
, 312 Archway Road, London London, N6 5AT
Category: Bars

312 Archway Road, London, N6 5AT

Tube: Highgate Station


The Boogaloo - presided over by Irish landlord Gerry O'Boyle of Filthy McNasty's infamy - is holiding a St Patrick's Day Double Headline Bill this St Patrick's Day Monday 17th March 2014 with  The Pheonix Collective and Follow the Crows - regulars at The Boogaloo - keeping the place jumping till midnight. The Pheonix Collective, all original members of the London cast of multi-award winning Once the musical, met when they joined the show a year ago and discovered they loved playing together so much that they formed The Pheonix Collective, named after the Pheonix Theatre in the West End where the show is on. Expect a riotous set of classic Irish songs and tunes from this amazing, multi-instrumental band, and a storming finish from the London based Irish, folk and Bluegrass band, 'Follow the Crows'.


Events at The Boogaloo

Follow The Crows
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 29th January 2015 - 7pm-1am | Free


Folk-rock with touches of Americana and Irish by the London-based band.

On Soon

Friday 30th January 2015 - 9pm-1am | phone for prices


DJ plays soul, disco, 60s garage and Motown.

Cosmo House
On Soon

Sunday 1st February 2015 - 6pm-11pm | phone for prices


A music showcase event with performances by a variety of artists.

Jive Dive: Workshop
On Soon

Monday 2nd February 2015 - 6pm-10pm | £5


Dance class.

Dirty Contacts 8
On Soon

Thursday 5th February 2015 - 8pm | phone for prices


DJs play new and vintage electronic music, hosted by Roi and Dave.

All events at The Boogaloo

Waxy O'Connors

Live music, rugby and plenty of Guinness are served here on St Patrick's Day weekend.

Waxy O'Connor's Waxy O'Connor's Where:
, 14-16 Rupert Street, London London, W1D 6DF
Category: Pubs

14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London, W1D 6DF

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station


Tacky O'Theme Pubs are busy enough on a normal week night, filled with all the office workers chasing a pint and a snog, but come St Patrick's Day they get absolutely rammed to the rafters with jubilant revellers. The parade goes pretty close to this one so it's perfect for a pit-stop. The cavernous interior, spreading across six levels, means it can only maintain a little bubble of atmosphere in each section, as well as a live band upstairs that won't disturb those who just fancy a bit of a blether. Before St Patrick's Day, on 26th February 2014, Waxy's hosts the London Irish Rugby Club Pint with a Player for a St Patrick's Party warm up from 7pm to 9pm. On the weekend before St Patrick's Day, the whole place will be a sea of Guinness, sing-song with live music and good cheer. Just one note of caution: make sure you stay close to your friends - this place is massive and easy to get lost in.


The Auld Shillelagh

Top quality Guinness that's ideal for enjoying on St Patrick's Day

The Auld Shillelagh The Auld Shillelagh Where:
, 105 Stoke Newington Church Street, London London, N16 0UD
Category: Pubs

105 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UD

Tube: Manor House Station


The Guinness in this soothingly dark little Celtic den is nothing short of exceptional. Smooth, bitter, creamy and rich they serve up divine pints of the black stuff. Cavernous with cambered ceilings, this place feels endearingly authentic. A refurbishment has done no end of good without rupturing the age-old Irish artery that pumps Celtic tradition through the pub. Any revellers who step across its hallowed Gaelic threshold will receive one of the warmest welcomes in the capital. Guinness (that's all they expect you to drink) will be poured in its own time and brought to your table unprompted by staff employed to shower sincere smiles on their slightly inebriated patrons.


The Tipperary

London's first Irish pub serves Guinness by draught and bottle.

The Tipperary The Tipperary Where:
, 66 Fleet Street, London London, EC4Y 1HY
Category: Pubs

66 Fleet Street, City, London, EC4Y 1HY

Tube: Blackfriars Station


Visit this pub and you'll soon find out it's really not a long way to Tipperary. In fact it's merely a ten minute walk (stumble) from Blackfriars Tube. As London's first Irish pub, there's no better place to guzzle Guinness and toast the friendly folk from the Emerald Isle. Founded in 1700, by Dublin brewer SG Mooney, this lofty, narrow boozer was the first place to sell the black stuff, both bottled and draught. Suffolk's Greene King bought The Tipperary in the 1960s and restored it to its 18th century beauty. The floor mosaic is intricately peppered with shamrocks, while the walls are panelled in a rich dark wood. On both floors the pub is slung with huge mirrors and faded prints of Dublin and Cork. Typically, you'll come across a whole bunch of tourists visiting this charismatic little pub keen to enjoy a tipple in such a historically loaded venue. Not forgetting of course, the handful of Americans who come in every week claiming some sort of vague Irish ancestry.


Corrib Rest

Friendly, family pub with Irish entertainment.

Corrib Rest Corrib Rest Where:
, 76 Salusbury Road, London London, NW6 6PA
Category: Pubs

76 Salusbury Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 6PA

Tube: Queen's Park Station


This lively, local Irish pub in Queen's Park offers a wide-screen Setanta sports, Irish entertainments and a friendly, family feel. North West London's Irish community come out in force to celebrate their patron saint's day, which means the Corrib Rest is awash with a green-clad mob come 17th March. You can expect live bands enthusiastically twanging guitars and fiddling away right into the night and a showcase of Irish sport on the big screens including hurling and Gaelic football. Wait for the evening to get going when you'll be treated to some wild, full-of-life Irish dancing. This is where the pub scenes in 'Spaced' were filmed, and they chose it because it's a proper, old-style London Irish pub, and a real change from the new gastro places that are springing up all over the area.


The Faltering Fullback

The Irish-run Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park is hidden away in the back streets.

The Faltering Fullback The Faltering Fullback Where:
, 19 Perth Road, London London, N4 3HB
Category: Pubs

19 Perth Road, London, N4 3HB

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


The Irish-run Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park is a gem of a pub hidden away in the back streets of Stroud Green and five minutes' walk from Finsbury Park. Made up of two bars, two back rooms and an outside terrace set over two levels, the main front bar is arranged around a horseshoe-shaped bar with guitars, model aeroplanes, sporting trophies and a bicycle suspended from the ceiling. The back bar continues the theme and a third space beyond is where you'll find the pool table. On match days the crowds come to enjoy sporting action on the screens and the large back room offers a great atmosphere for rival fans. A further set of doors leads out into what has been described by The Guardian as "London's most unusual beer garden". The pub makes maximum use of its limited outside space with a multi-tiered outside terrace, overlooked by a leafy veranda. This can be a sun-trap during the more clement seasons, and is an excellent place to wile away a Sunday afternoon on one of the many wooden tables around the stairwell.



Go upmarket this St Patrick's Day at London's first Irish cocktail bar.

Anam Anam Where:
, 3 Chapel Market, London London, N1 9EZ
Category: Bars

3 Chapel Market, Islington, London, N1 9EZ

Tube: Angel Station


Retro-trendy, infectiously popular, and staunchly pioneering London's first Irish cocktail bar is a welcome addition to Islington's portfolio of drinking venues. A heady mix of curved lines, rounded corners, and stylishly sharp club graphics, it's a pretty sophisticated little establishment. We love the Celtic wall displays interspersed with images of scantily clad female dancers. However, it's the winning drinks list that really makes the place stand out. You just have to sample the collection of outlandish cocktails designed by famous mixologist Tony Conigliaro of Zuma and 69 Colebrooke Row fame. From premium brand spirits like Belvedere and Grey Goose vodka to seriously rare whiskeys such as Kilbeggan, Tyroconnell and Middleton Very Rare, his creations come from the finest ingredients. Be warned, it's incredibly small. Customarily, however, the bar attracts a rather suave, good-looking sort so the intimacy may be rather welcome. Incidentally, the name comes from the Gaelic words 'heart' and 'soul' - not only is that pure genius but it really does say it all.



Excellent Guinness and a fine selection of bottled beers.

Quinns Quinns Where:
, 65 Kentish Town Road, London London, NW1 8NY
Category: Pubs

65 Kentish Town Road, London, NW1 8NY

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station


At first glance you wouldn't put Quinn's down as an Irish pub - put the name aside and what you have is simply a great pub, not just another soulless Celtic-branded pub, a la O'Neil's. The Irish landlord and the fair smattering of punters from the Western Isle are what makes it Irish and this is reflected by the pleasant, convivial atmosphere. The beer selection will strike you (but not with its Irishness) - a long polished bar stretches away into the distance with over 20 pumps serving beers from all over the place, and possibly the best bottled selection in the Capital. Of course you can get excellent Guinness, but the pub is particularly notable for German and Belgian beers. It gets pretty raucous on St. Patrick's Day, so be prepared.

Sophie Wallace


Sophie Wallace

28th January 2015

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